Easiest Teen Platform Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 10:24
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Goal of this bed?

Make a teen platform bed with storage that is easy to build and maximizes material usage. Inspired by Pottery Barn Teen's Ultimate Platform Bed Superset, this bed combines style and storage. At a low platform height, it can be the perfect lounge spot for your teen.

Sized for queen mattress. Can be easily modified to fit a full or twin by simply making the platform smaller to accommodate a smaller mattress.


Shopping List

3 - Sheets 3/4" Plywood, MDF or other sanded sheet goods*
1 - sheet 1/4" plywood, MDF or other sanded sheet goods*
6 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long or other decorative casing or moulding
1 - 1x4 @ 2 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 2 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long

*Choose PureBond formaldehyde free plywood to increase the air quality of your teens room

Common Materials
2 inch screws
3 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 78 1/2"
4 - 2x4 @ 79 1/2"
4 - 1x3 @ 5 1/2" (Taper ends)
4 - 1x4 @ 5 1/2" (Taper ends)
2 - 1x2 or other moulding @ 73"
2 - 1x2 or other moulding @ 77 1/2"
10 - 2x2 @ 5 1/2"
3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 28" x 80"

4 - 3/4" Plywood @ 15 1/2" x 8 1/2"
3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 15 1/2" x 82 1/2"
2 - 3/4" Plywood @ 15 1/2" x 19 1/4"
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 84" x 19 1/4"

Cutting Instructions

Have your home improvement center rip your plywood into a 28" width (8 feet long) and a 15 1/2" width (8 feet long). Be careful to save all scraps - you will need them.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Measure your doorway to make sure you have 80" of clearance. I've got 80 1/2" and we have standard doors, so it will be tight - it may be in your best interest to build in your room for the queen size. Full and twin sizes should be more manageable.

Most importantly here is having a flat level surface to work from with plenty of space, and measuring and marking out your joints and predrilling holes. If using your Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes on each end of the "studs" as shown in diagram. Build the frame as shown above.

Step 2

Check the frame for square by measuring outside opposite corner to outside opposite corner. If the two do not match up, push the longer measurement opposite corners together until they do. You need to do this before the glue sets up.

Step 3

I would just work upside down here. And the reality is you could use sofa feet or any other type of decorative feet in place - to get a bed like this one.

Taper the 1x3s 1/2" in and 2" up for a softened look.

Step 4

Next comes the 1x4 part of the legs to finish off the leg. Carefully keep edges flush on the outside corner with the 1x3 to make the leg look like a solid block. Attach in place.

You can also taper as you did the 1x3 leg.

Step 5

Step 6

These extra legs are very important because they hold the majority of the weight from this bed. Screw legs on approximately ever 12"/

Step 7

With the 1x28 strips of plywood, cover the top of the bed. Use a chalk line to draw a line as shown in the diagram (click diagrams for larger views) to mark the center of the studs underneath. Predrill holes and screw plywood down. I recommend finishing the platform bed as one, and the bookshelf separately.

Step 8

Build the interior of the shelf system first as shown above. You will need to drill three pocket holes on the inside ends of each divider to attach set for 3/4" stock and using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Carefully measure and mark the joint first.

Step 9

Now finish the shelf as shown above. If you prefer the Kreg Jig here, drill 3/4" pocket holes along the end edges of the top and bottom and attach with 1 1/4" screws.

Step 10

Attach the back as shown here with nails and glue. Attach to all fixed shelves.

Save the scrap back piece of plywood - you could use it to make a headboard!

Step 11

When you assemble the shelf on to the bed, you will need to add a few screws through the bottom to keep it in place.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:41

Has anyone made this into a twin.  My son needs an XL twin, he's 6'2.  His room is very small, and I really love the shelves on this bed.  I was thinking of just moving the middle boards over. Thanks for any help